My City is a polyomino tile laying game, for up to 4 players. Each player has their own player board and set of tiles, which represent buildings you construct in your city. You draw a card, showing one of the buildings, and each player chooses where to place that tile on their own board, or whether to pass, and lose a point. The game continues until you deplete the deck, or all the players have chosen to not place any more tiles. Then you score. The game out of the box is just that simple. It will get more complex, as you open the 8 chapter envelopes.
Inside the Box
The first time you take the lid off a lot of legacy games, you are often presented with a red label and exclamation points. A warning to read and do things in a specific way, so as not to ruin any surprises. Not so with My City. The rule book is right on top, inviting you to read it from cover to cover. It is quite succinct and well illustrated, and not very long. Underneath that is 2 punch boards, with the tiles for the game. They show 4 copies of 8 buildings in yellow (industrial buildings), red (residential) and blue (public). The back of each tile has 1 of 4 emblems on it, to sort them into a complete set for each player.
Underneath the punch boards, is 4 double sided player boards. The boards have an 11×11 grid on them with various geographic features. The legacy side of the board has a border around it. An emblem in the top left corner has a space for your city name. There is also a large series of circles across the top. They look like you fill them in to track something.
Underneath the player boards, is some smaller punch boards and 8 sealed Chapter envelopes. They all cover 3 episodes, so it seems they introduce new content, which effects the following 3 games. Chapter 1, Episodes 1 to 3, is called The New Land.
Finally, there is a deck of cards in a plastic bag, and 4 wooden cubes that you use to track scoring. Also, 4 large empty bags that you use to separate the punched tiles, according to the emblem on the back. And that’s it. There are no hidden decks to sort in a careful way. All the hidden content is in the 8 envelopes, so everything else can be fully examined.
What else do you need?
The only thing you need to bring to the game is a pen to write on the game boards. A ball point pen will do, but if you are a fan of legacy games, you will probably have some permanent markers already.
Then it’s just a matter of reading the rule book, and opening up Envelope 1 when you are ready to begin.